Swerwer new releases
By Christian Eedes, 24 July 2020
Jasper Wickens has been a Swartland Independent producer since 2011 and now operates out of a renovated cellar on his wife Franziska’s family farm called Waterval on the Paardeberg. Tasting notes and ratings for the newly released 2019s as follows:
Swerwer Chenin Blanc 2019
A pronounced reductive note before peach, apple and hay. The palate has good fruit weight, moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Nice enough but this seems to have less detail and energy than previous vintages.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
Swerwer Rooi-Groen Semillon 2019
From Semillon Gris. A complex nose with notes of orange, peach, some waxy character, hay, earth and spice. Quite broad on the palate with soft acidity and a slight bitterness to the finish.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
Swerwer Cinsault Grenache Tinta Barocca 2019
Aromatics of cherries, plums, some musk, earth and spice. Medium-bodied with generous fruit, good freshness and quite soft tannins. As smashable as ever, it must be said.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Swerwer Shiraz 2019
Attractive aromatics of red and blackberries, lilies, fynbos and white pepper while the palate is light and fresh with powdery tannins. Great fruit definition, balance and length.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Swerwer Touriga Nacional 2019
Ripe plums, blueberry, lavender, fynbos, earth and spice on the nose. The palate has lots of sweet, concentrated fruit to go with grippy, slightly coarse tannins – some will like it for how characterful it is while others might find it a bit too rustic.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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